The ALA Book Award Celebration

The ALA Book Award Celebration


The American Library Association is offering an exciting new free all-day virtual event celebrating the winners of several of its major book awards, including the esteemed Newbery and Caldecott medals, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, the Printz Award, and the Stonewall youth and adult Book Awards.

Beginning at 9:00 AM CT on Sunday, June 28, 2020, on ALA’s YouTube channel, The ALA Book Award Celebration will serve as an opportunity for the association to showcase its book award celebrations that traditionally take place during the ALA Annual Conference. This is a free event that highlights youth and adult selections administered by ALA units, division, and round tables and does not require registration. Check out the full schedule of events here.


Tune in! Sunday, June 28th at 10:30 AM CT

FryBread medals

Fry Bread
by Kevin Noble Maillard
illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal.



Tune in! Sunday, June 28th at 7:00 PM CT


Scary Stories for Young Foxes
by Christian McKay Heidker

Christian McKay Heidicker draws inspiration from Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe for his debut middle-grade novel, a thrilling portrait of survival and an unforgettable tale of friendship.



Tune in! Sunday, June 28th at 5:00 PM CT

Laura-Dean-printz 2

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me
by Mariko Tamaki
illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Author Mariko Tamaki and illustrator Rosemary Valero-O’Connell bring to life a sweet and spirited tale of young love in Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, a graphic novel that asks us to consider what happens when we ditch the toxic relationships we crave to embrace the healthy ones we need.



Tune In! Sunday, June 28th at 10:30 AM CT + 5:00 PM CT

beast-player 1

The Beast Player
by Nahoko Uehashi; translated by Cathy Hirano

An epic YA fantasy about a girl with a special power to communicate with magical beasts and the warring kingdom only she can save.